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Self Storage News Roundup

by Tony Gonzalez November 6, 2012 4:02 PM
Today is an important day in the news. Not only is it election day here in the United States, there is a lot of action going on in the self storage industry. Here's a roundup of only three items in today's news. [More]

Powdersville Self Storage Sponsors Missionaries in Eastern Europe

by Holly Robinson October 4, 2012 1:38 PM
Powdersville Self Storage in Greenville, South Carolina, announced today that they will sponsor Tommy and Dana Dove who will be missionaries for Campus Crusade for Christ and will be serving in Eastern Europe. The Doves will be headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. From there, they and their team will spread out and work in the former Communist countries of Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Kim Kilpatrick July 24, 2012 6:41 AM
bSome days in the news, the self storage industry is quiet. Not much happens. Other days, it’s a flurry of activities. Today, it’s a flurry.

Changes are coming to the small town of Busti, New York. Busti is on the south end of Chautauqua Lake. It has a population of 7,000. Their town board held a public hearing on the Joe Casel’s proposal to add self storage units to his business. He owns Casel Auto Wrecking and seeks a special-use permit. He wants to transform his salvage yard into a self storage facility. He already has one facility that has 25 units. He seeks to build two more buildings. [More]

Spotlight on Sales and Marketing Director of Kodiak Mini Storage Lake Wylie, SC

by Winnie Hsiu January 23, 2012 12:16 PM
Sometimes people enter the self storage business early on in their career. Others take a winding path of other jobs before entering the industry. Charles Wood had a variety of jobs before becoming the sales and marketing director for Kodiak Mini Storage at Lake Wylie, South Carolina. [More]

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Drive Coming to a Close

by John Stevens December 21, 2011 11:43 AM
The Christmas season is the time of year when people are especially aware of those less fortunate in their community. People across the nation open their hearts - and their wallets -- and participate in drives for toys, coats, winter wear, and non-perishable food items. Owners and managers of self storage facilities are prominent among those who reach out to help their needy neighbors. [More]

SC Self Storage Operator Rescues Local Government Documents

by John Stevens May 13, 2010 6:13 PM
Self storage facility operator Audrey Tyner was cleaning out an abandoned storage unit this week when she discovered a box full of documents. The documents turned out to belong to a community nonprofit organization, Community Organized for Advancement, Inc (COFA). They contained information from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and from South Carolina’s Department of Social Services (DSS). [More]

Self Storage Companies Offer Military Discounts to Relocating Families

by Tony Gonzalez May 12, 2010 1:00 PM
In 2005, Congress established BRAC, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, to make recommendations about the future of military bases all over the United States. BRAC's job was to evaluate the future needs of the Department of Defense, weighing the military value of bases against the human impact of changes that might be made. Having done that, the Commission made its recommendations.

Most of the recommendations made by BRAC are scheduled to be completed by late fall 2011. In some cases, the process of reorganizing the bases has already begun. In many communities, though, the changes are just beginning. Some communities, such as the Washington D.C. area, will experience a fairly massive relocation of military employees and their families. [More]

Alabama Facility Offers Free Storage to Domestic Violence Survivors

by Holly Robinson May 3, 2010 8:52 AM
SmithStoreit, a self storage facility in Huntsville, Alabama, announced Friday that it will donate 30 units to local survivors of domestic violence. Each unit will be used to provide three months of free storage at a time for a domestic violence survivor. Storage can be an important part of a battered woman's escape plan for leaving a dangerous relationship. Often, women plan their departures for months before they actually leave an abusive partner. They may need to slowly and gradually accumulate possessions in a storage unit, so that when the time comes, they can leave quickly without having to pack.

Self storage units are not expensive, but domestic violence survivors often fear retaliation from their former partners. They may need to know that they are not creating a paper trail (in the form of bills or credit card statements) that could lead abusive ex-partners to find them. Moreover, in many cases survivors of domestic violence cannot afford even the small monthly rental fee for a self storage unit. Having a free self storage unit solves these problems. Using a storage unit also means that survivors need not impose on family and friends, which can be important -- survivors may not want to be traced through family and friends, and also may be concerned about the possibility of placing family and friends at risk. [More]